Hearing vs Understanding

Question: My family and I have noticed my hearing getting worse over the past few years. Why can I sometimes hear voices loudly?

 

Answer:  Indistinct voices and words are a very common symptom of hearing loss.  Depending on the frequencies, pitches, or tones you have trouble hearing, the speech sounds that correspond to those frequencies, pitches, or tones are also harder to hear.  For instance, some vocal sounds are deeper toned, like the  vowel sounds ‘A’, ‘E’, ‘I’, ‘O’, and ‘U’, and letters like ‘B’, ‘D’, ‘K’, ‘M’, and ‘N’. Other vocal sounds are higher toned, like the letters and blends ‘C’, ‘F’, ‘S’, ‘T’, ‘X’, ‘ST’, and TH’.  Due to your hearing loss when you listen to someone speak, you hear some parts of words better than other parts.  That’s why some words or phrases sound mumbled.  For loss of the letters the words are lost.  For loss of the words, the sentences are lost.  For loss of the sentences the conversation are lost.  For loss of the conversations, you are lost. If you are concerned you are not hearing voices clearly enough, contact us for a thorough ear and hearing evaluation.